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Mats Eriksson


My research is focused primarily on early Paleozoic biotas and their relationships to environmental changes. This time interval embraces some of the most significant evolutionary events in Earth history, setting the agenda for life as we know it. I work chiefly as a micropalaeontologist. Our "tools of the trade" comprise fossils in the microscopic size range that are extracted from their enclosing rocks in great abundance. Subsequently these fossils are studied to assist us in understanding ancient ecosystems and solving various geological problems. At the present my major research projects are on: (1) Paleozoic jaw-bearing polychaetes - palaeobiogeography, palaeoecology, taxonomy and evolution; (2) Cambrian faunal dynamics, exceptional preservation, biostratigraphy and event stratigraphy; (3) diet and trophic structures in ancient ecosystems, and (4) Middle Ordovician high-resolution biostratigraphy and faunal dynamics, as related to extraterrestrial influx.


I am deeply involved in teaching in the Department of Geology in Lund and also at Campus Helsingborg (LU), particularly within the fields of palaeontology (including taxonomy, biostratigraphy, palaeoecology, and palaeobiology), marine geology, sedimentology, research methods and ethics, teaching methods, outreach activities, and popular science. The courses range from basic undergraduate level through the PhD level.


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E-mail: mats [dot] eriksson [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se


Lithosphere and Biosphere Science

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